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MLB - US Sports: Five memorable trade Deadline deals

As the trade deadline draws ever closer, we look at five of the most memorable trade deadline deals that took place and how they impacted the clubs doing the trades.

1. Nationals trade Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Dodgers - 2021

It was a surprising move, the Nationals were tanking, but they had only won the World Series in 2019 and Schezer plus Turner were still on the Washington roster.

At that one moment, Scherzer joined Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles and the Dodgers had the two best pitchers in 2021 in their rotation.

The Dodgers added these two behemoths, which already included Walker Buehler. Los Angeles added Turner, a superstar shortstop, who played at second base for the remainder of the season, because then, the Dodgers already had Corey Seager (who has since moved to the Texas Rangers).

It was a battle for the National League West and while all eyes were on the Padres grabbing Scherzer because the Dodgers were all in on Turner.

San Diego were gazumped by Los Angeles for Scherzer. In the end, the San Francisco Giants won the division and LA won the Wild Card to progress, the San Diego Padres came nowhere.

The Dodgers lost to the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS and failed to retain their World Series crown, Scherzer (as a free agent) left to join the New York Mets, while Turner is still in LA.

So who were the other people traded to the Nationals? Keibert Ruiz, Josiah Gray, Donovan Casey and Gerardo Carillo all ended up in Washington. Ruiz and Gray are highly thought of prospects, we shall wait and see.

2. Yoenis Cespedes to Mets for Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to the Tigers - 2015

This move was sysmic for the Mets, they needed a big bat and they got one with the two-time MLB home run derby winner.

Cespedes was having an alright season with the Tigers, nothing spectacular until the Mets came calling.

For the next six weeks, Cespedes was sensational, hitting 17 home runs, 10 doubles, three triples and a 1.048 OPS as the Mets cruised towards their first World Series in 15 years.

The Kansas City Royals stopped them in their tracks and Cespedes stayed for a couple of seasons before fading away.

Fulmer for Detroit was also excellent winning the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year, and being named in the 2017 AL All-Star team before being beset with injuries.

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3. Mark McGwire to the Cardinals - 1997

While the Cardinals didn't have great on-field success after acquiring McGwire from Oakland in 1997, the move was a good one for McGwire.

St Louis traded reliever T.J Mathews and two prospects to the A's for McGwire at the deadline and none of that trio made a significant impact on the field for Oakland.

McGwire meanwhile re-signed with the Cardinals the following season and had a historic, record-breaking 70 home run season in 1998 followed by 65 more home runs in 1999. McGwire retired following the 2001 season, he still created memories for baseball fans all over.

4. Rangers acquired four prospects from the Braves for Mark Texiera - 2007

Teixera was a tremendous player for the Rangers over four-plus seasons, hitting 30-plus home runs four times.

The haul that Texas got from the Braves was franchise altering. Texas got Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Beau Jones for Texeira and Ron Mahay.

This group of players helped the Texas Rangers reach two World Series and Andrus in Texas remains one the franchises' all-time great players.

5. Yankees acquire Gleyber Torres in exchange for Aroldis Chapman - 2016

In 2016 when Aroldis Chapman headed towards free agency, the Yankees acquired an excellent shortstop prospect from the Chicago Cubs called Gleyber Torres. Torres has been excellent and already a two-time All-Star at the age of 25.

Chapman won the World Series with the Cubs, their first in 108 years, and returned to the Bronx at the end of the season in a five-year $86million deal, this was the largest deal given to a relief pitcher as of 2017. The seven-time All-Star is yet to win a World Series with the Yankees though.

The other players in the trade were outfielder Billy McKinney, outfielder Rashad Crawford and former Yankee right-handed pitcher Adam Warren.

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